Heads up, spec hounds: Samsung today announced that it has created what it says is the industry’s first 8Gb low power double data rate 4 mobile memory. The chip is made using a 20-nanometer class process technology, and Samsung says that it can support a data transfer per pin rate of 3200Mbps. Overall Samsung says that its new 8Gb memory module offers 50 percent better performance than its LPDDR3 predecessor while consuming 40 percent less power.
So what does this news mean to us consumers? The introduction of 8Gb LPDDR4 memory could lead to the arrival of smartphones and tablets with 4GB RAM, which is a full gig more than what’s found in high-end devices like the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition. Mobile is exactly the market that Samsung is targeting with its new chip as well, with the company saying that the 8Gb LPDDR4 memory will be used in smartphones, tablets and laptops with Ultra HD displays.
Samsung expects its 8GB LPDDR4 memory to become available sometime in 2014. No specific products that will take advantage of the new chip have been named quite yet, but considering that Samsung rolled out the Note 3 and Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition with 3GB RAM earlier this year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the company launch a flagship device or two with 4GB RAM at some point next year.